Motivational speaker and self-help guru John Rohn said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” The underlying message is that you are influenced by the people you are around most often. These people have the ability to affect your self-esteem, confidence and decisions. On social media today we call them girl squads.

 According to psychologist Art Markman, “As women are achieving more power in the workplace, they are bumping up against a variety of issues including work-family balance, the glass ceiling and harassment, so when a group of powerful women hang out together they are creating strength in numbers. They are also providing each other with mutual support.” Whether you are a leader at work or on campus having a group of people supporting you is important.

Here are five people you should think about adding to your squad:

The Coach – Always available for a long phone chat or deep conversation, the coach on your squad is ready to lend a listening ear, give sound advice and help you work out a problem. Wise beyond her years this woman is thoughtful and encouraging.  

The Optimist – You always need a glass-half-full person on the team. Optimists help generate energy and excitement around even the toughest of challenges. She will help you roll with the punches and see the silver lining in every problem. She is the first to help you celebrate and always encourages you to get out of your comfort zone.

The Hustler – This is the woman that gets things done. You can count on her to respond quickly to text messages and email. She probably owns an Etsy shop as a side gig or writes a popular blog in her spare time. Her “can’t stop, won’t stop” attitude inspires you to keep moving in your own life when you need it the most.

The Realist – The realist on the squad is responsible and down-to-earth. She tells you how it is and is more grounded than her peers. She is in control and can provide no-nonsense advice when you are in a bind. She won’t tell you what you want to hear, but what you need to hear.

The Connector – She is the networking queen. The Connector keeps a full calendar and has a knack for making friends and acquaintances. Connectors can help you branch out of your social circle or make a connection at school or work.